An interior design assistant provides design and administrative support to interior designers.Employment of interior designers is expected to grow by 19 per cent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the overall average of occupations. However, keen competition for jobs is expected as many individuals are attracted to this profession.
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An interior design assistant provides all necessary support to an interior designer or team of designers. Duties tend to include design, project management and administrative support.
While assisting designers with their projects, an interior design assistant may research furniture and fabrics, construct colour boards, purchase accessories and produce electronic design schemes. The assistant also may be responsible for managing the designers' calendars, arranging meetings with vendors and clients and maintaining catalogue and fabric libraries. Administrative tasks include answering phone calls, updating databases, filing and customer service.
Employers often require an associate's or bachelor's degree, with a preference given to those with a design major. Some employers may seek candidates with one to two years of experience and strong computer skills in AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office or other design software.
Other personal attributes may be sought by potential employers including strong communication skills, creativity with a sense of style, ability to work as part of a team, attention to detail, capability of managing projects and organizational skills.
Interior design assistants are employed in a variety of settings. Interior designers work for large corporations or design firms, smaller design firms, as a consultant or they may be self-employed. Designers and their assistants tend to travel frequently to clients' homes and offices, showrooms, design centres and exhibits.